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Isabella // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Feb 24, 2010

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Where do you live?
I:
I’m reppin’ the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) although I’m currently in London, Ontario for school. I’m getting a master’s degree in journalism. And I’m in my final semester!

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
I:
A. I love big hair and B. I got tired of the same old routine i.e. braid – relax – braid – relax.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
I:
I cut off all my permed hair mid-summer of ‘07. I’d relaxed and dyed my hair at the beginning of the summer and a couple of months in, I decided to switch it up.

Isabella a few months after the big chop

I’ve saved a whole lot of money: no more paying anyone else to do my hair. And I seem to draw a lot more attention, especially when the fro’s unleashed.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learnt from?
I:
I’d have to say washing my hair loose = a big no-no. It just ends up a tangled mess. So I try to wash it only if it’s in twists or braids.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
I:
I keep it in protective styles when braving the Canadian winters, I stay on that moisturizing/conditioning thing, and for the most part, I leave it alone.

What do you use in your hair?
I:
Right now, my hair’s in twists so I spritz it every other day with a mixture of water, peppermint oil and glycerin. On the days that I wash it (usually once a week), I apply Qhemet Biologic’s Amla & olive heavy cream and some castor oil on the ends. Ooo and I co-wash with Suave coconut conditioner.

How does your hair express who you are?
I:
It does its own thing. Period. Quite simply, it’s me.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
I:
A blog’s in the works, but for now, I’m on twitter: http://twitter.com/IsieBella

Anything else you want to add?
I: “Beauty must be defined as what we are, or else the concept itself is our enemy”.
I read that on a poster last year and it just stuck.

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Ambi
Ambi
10 years ago

Just lovely!

M.J.
M.J.
10 years ago

She’s beautiful!

Matlhodi
10 years ago

whoa, that’s a head full of hair i tell ya!! Soo thick & healthy looking. love it. It really suits you.

KeaCurls
KeaCurls
10 years ago

wow. stunning!

jay929
jay929
10 years ago

Hi Isabella, you and your hair are absolulely b‑e-a-u-t-i-f-u‑l.

NegresseLibre
NegresseLibre
10 years ago

This lady is absolutely gorgeous!!!

Rae
Rae
10 years ago

GORGEOUS!!!!!

Diana
Diana
10 years ago

Geez! her hair is DOPE! like: out of this world DOPE!
(thought i’d say exactly what came to my mind when i saw the picture.…lol)

Melinda
Melinda
10 years ago

Beautiful head of healty, thick, curly hair!! WOW!! I am looking forward to THAT!!

Mara
Mara
10 years ago

Gorgeous! And congrats on the degree too. I think I’m gonna stop washing my hair loose now too. I find that I lose quite a bit of hair in the whole washing/detangling/drying/restyling process.

vonnie
10 years ago

wow, I really like her style. She’s so super cute, lovely hair. I can’t wait for 2–3 years of growth, see how it’s all acting 😀

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MzMorningGlory
MzMorningGlory
10 years ago

OMG — I just LLLOOOOVVVVEEEEE your puff!!! The color/highlights are gorgeous too!!! Can’t wait till my puff gets that big!!! Also, thanks for sharing that quote… it is SOOO profound!!

Sandy
Sandy
10 years ago

Nice!
What, if anything, do you use to dye your hair that lovely shade of auburn?

Busayo
10 years ago

Hotness! Definately reppin well for the GTA, girl!

lina40
10 years ago

LOVE HER HAIR!!! I hope my puff is as frotastic as hers when it grows up! And that last shot is just BEASTing (old school lingo that I had to use!)

ja
ja
10 years ago

She has amazing hair!

Josephine B
Josephine B
10 years ago

amazing amazing amazing! Such beautiful hair, attitude and vibe. Props

Amma Mama
Amma Mama
10 years ago

WoW! She is 2 preTTy!

BlaqInfinite
BlaqInfinite
10 years ago

great hair. Pretty girl, too.

SofullSista
10 years ago

Love her hair…especially how the color turned into “dipped” ins, very cute!!!

oakland mama
oakland mama
10 years ago

Gorgeous! Stunning. Beautiful-the hair and the woman. Great skin and hair. And I love the quote.

HoneyBee
HoneyBee
10 years ago

Isabella! Your hair is GORGEOUS! I’m a Londoner myself (’05 Grad from UWO) and I’m in T.O. now…good luck with the schooling and continuing to take care of that beautiful hair!

Shenna Nanette
10 years ago

She’s gorgeous!!!!

Nikki
10 years ago

Trying not to be a hater. Too much hair. Awesome.

TATI
TATI
10 years ago

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AND THAT HAIR OF YOURS IS AS WELL! YOU ARE DEF. A STYLE ICON! LOVE TO SEE MY BEAUTIFUL SISTERS REPPIN!

Kemz
Kemz
10 years ago

She’s SO gorgeous…and that hair is fabulous.

We have the same hair type.

She makes me want to cut my locs :-/

Afrika
10 years ago

SEXY!!! 🙂

Salimah
Salimah
10 years ago

I LOVE the fullness of your hair! I am trying to get there but it is taking forever!!! I love it!! Keep it up!! 🙂

Joy
Joy
10 years ago

Love love LOVE the positive energy, her focus with school, and of course her hair.

nikki
nikki
10 years ago

My texture is similar to hers, hopefully my puff will be this big by the summer, it’s so cute, and I want to try the peppermint oil thing, I’ve never used it on my hair.

Jessica
Jessica
10 years ago

I’ve noticed that alot of naturals use peppermint oil–what exactly is that for?

skeeta25
10 years ago

FIYAH. U would love to get more details like if she stretches her hair and how. THANK U LEILA!

skeeta25
10 years ago

I meant “I”

Isabella
Isabella
10 years ago

Thank you all for the amazing/lovely/incredibly heart-warming comments. For Ms. Sandy: I got my hair dyed at a salon (Kinks Hair Studio) a couple of months after my bc and unfortunately I can’t remember the colour that was used.

Elida
Elida
10 years ago

She is beautiful and has an extremely natural hair. An example! Congratulations.

Cecily
Cecily
10 years ago

Gorgeous! Such an inspiration!

Yoshi
Yoshi
10 years ago

That hair is awesome, simply stunning and I want it!

Anaylli
Anaylli
10 years ago

Her hair is absolutely beautiful!!

Chanel
10 years ago

Really lovely fro

Cassie
Cassie
10 years ago

Yes, I am jealous. Still not used to my natural hair, which is too short.

Her hair is gorgeous!!

Jo Somebody
Jo Somebody
9 years ago

That is a fabulous FABULOUS fro!

South African Pussy
8 years ago

I love what you guys are usually up too. This kind of clever work and coverage! Keep up the awesome works guys I’ve added you guys to my own blogroll.

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